"[3] The group released one of its most famous songs, Miracle Worker, in spring 2000.[4]. A five-time Grammy nominee, Allen formed the Rance Allen Group in 1969 with two of his brothers, Thomas and Steve. The Rance Allen Group was a gospel music group formed in Monroe, Michigan, and based in Toledo, Ohio, named after its lead vocalist, Bishop Rance Allen. The two were married on December 1, 1970. [11] The couple had no children together. [1], Formed by vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter Rance Allen (b. Monroe, Michigan) with his brothers Tom (drums) and Steve (bass guitar); another brother, Esau (percussionist), joined the group on an intermittent basis. However, it was 2004’s The Live … The Rance Allen Group rolled out the album, Phenomenon. [5], Allen died on October 31, 2020 from complications due to a recent medical procedure. He is best known as the lead vocalist in the namesake Rance Allen Group, which has its origins dating back to the 1970s. Gospel star Rance Allen, whose Rance Allen Group drew upon contemporary sounds for numerous hits in the 1970s, has died at age 71. [2]:256 During an appearance at a gospel talent contest in Detroit, Michigan, they came to the attention of one of the judges, record promoter Dave Clark, who worked for Stax Records. Formed by vocalist, guitarist, pianist, and songwriter Rance Allen (b.Monroe, Michigan) with his brothers Tom and Steve (bass guitar); another brother, Esau (percussionist), joined the group on an intermittent basis. The Rance Allen Group is a gospel music group formed in Monroe, Michigan, and based in Toledo, Ohio.. [1][2]:255–256 The group was the first to be signed to the Stax imprint Gospel Truth, and they recorded for the Stax organization throughout the 1970s. Rance Allen (November 20, 1948 – October 31, 2020[5]), was an American Bishop, Minister, and gospel musician, and the founder and leader of the famed Rance Allen Group. [1][2]:256 In 1972, the group appeared in the documentary film Wattstax. Infusing traditional gospel music with Memphis soul, Detroit-based singer Rance Allen helped pave the way for the secularized gospel sound of the '80s and '90s. He was 71 years old. [5] He also performed for President Barack Obama at a White House Celebration of Gospel Music and was nominated for five Grammy Awards. Allen was married to Ellen Marie Allen (née Groves). His latest release “God Has Been So Good” is a collaboration with Hip hop Philanthropist/ pioneer Glenn “Sweety G” Toby, longtime friend and producer Bernard Jackson and new gospel artist Mydason. [9] In November 2011, Rance Allen was elevated to the office of Bishop in the Church of God in Christ, for the Michigan Northwestern Harvest Jurisdiction. Allen founded the Rance Allen Group in Detroit in 1969 joined by his brothers Thomas and Steve.[10]. [9], Allen was born in 1948 in Monroe, Michigan to Thomas and Emma Pearl Allen. The group was formed by Allen and his brothers. [2]:272 David Porter co-produced the group's 1975 album A Soulful Experience, for which he wrote an autobiographical song, "Just Found Me". [5][12], Michigan Northwestern Harvest Jurisdiction, "Gospel legend Bishop Rance Allen dies at the age of 71", "There's no stopping the show-stopping Rance Allen Group at Jazz Fest", "Legendary Rance Allen Group still stirring souls after all these years", "RANCE ALLEN HOLDS PRIVATE SCREENING OF NEW DOCUMENTARY "MUSIC MAJORS" – The Legend Celebrates 40+ Years in Gospel Music", "Ellen M. 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He had 11 siblings: six sisters and five brothers. After signing with Stax in 1969, Allen and his group proceeded to bring their hip brand of gospel to the masses by scoring several chart hits and opening concerts for the likes of Isaac Hayes.This hits package covers the group's successful run in … : 256 During an appearance at a gospel talent contest in Detroit, Michigan, they came to the … [2]:270 Following this appearance, the group was named "Best Religious Group" by the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers (NATRA). [2]:363, The group's incorporation of rock and soul into traditional black gospel music prefigure the crossover success of such artists as Amy Grant, Andrae Crouch, and The Winans. [8], He was the senior pastor of the New Bethel Church Of God In Christ in Toledo, Ohio, since its July 1985 establishment. [1][3] In 1978, the group had a Top 30 R&B hit, "I Belong to You. It hit #1 on the Billboard gospel albums sales chart with the radio hit “Miracle Worker,” and earned them a performance slot on “The Arsenio Hall Show.” A decade later, they signed with Tyscot Records and entered a new phase of their career with the Deitrick Haddon-produced set, All the Way, in 2002. Allen and his group had performed with many gospel musicians throughout the country, including Andrae Crouch, Marvin Winans, Bebe and Cece Winans, the Clark Sisters, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Tye Tribbett, Shirley Caesar, Donnie McClurkin, Bernard Jackson Jr. and Mary McLaurine Glover.